Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect telephone number. The correct number to call with questions about voter registration is 781-5228.
"Better late than never” makes perfect sense if you’re writing thank-you notes or returning a Redbox rental. But when it comes to certain chores — paying taxes, renewing a driver’s license, studying for final exams — deadlines are deadlines, and procrastination carries serious consequences. That same principle applies to submitting voter registration forms — especially if you‘re doing it on behalf of someone else.
Apparently, some voter registration workers who signed up students at Cuesta College and Cal Poly never got that message. The registration workers missed the May 21 cutoff for submitting forms by four days, and that could wind up disenfranchising more than 900 students who thought they had properly registered.
County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald is calling for an investigation of possible fraud. While the late filing may not have been deliberate, she rightfully points out that it’s a serious violation of the voters’ trust.
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It’s also a crime; failing to submit registration forms in a timely manner is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.
Students who suspect that they may have been among the 900 late registrants may still be eligible to vote; they should contact the county elections office at 781-5228 for instructions.
Red-white-and-blue bouquets of good citizenship to those students who take the time to follow through with the county, and a ballot box stuffed with brickbats for those responsible for the registration snafu.
Local surfer offers inspiring example
In lieu of a bouquet, we toss a colorful lei to surfer Kim Hildreth for refusing to let blindness wipe out his spirit of adventure. Hildreth, 58, of San Luis Obispo, began surfing in his 50s, after he lost his sight in a stroke. A self-described “water person,” Hildreth got started through AmpSurf, the awesome organization that teaches people with disabilities to surf.
Hildreth’s willingness to tackle most any challenge — he’s also an equestrian and is thinking about taking up snowboarding — is an inspiration and a welcome reminder that, when it comes to accomplishing goals, attitude is everything.
Sorry to see community garden go
We understand that Grover Beach must continue to chip away at an $800,000 budget shortfall, but we’re sorry to see the city sacrifice its community garden. The City Council, which has been debating whether to sell the property on Brighton Avenue for at least a year, decided recently to go forward with the sale. That will displace several gardeners who had been lobbying against the sale.
City staff members have been looking at other areas that could accommodate gardens. We urge them to step up the search — and we’ll reward them with a bouquet of freshly cut blossoms if they can quickly find a replacement, along with some seed money for any necessary improvements.
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